IS YOUR STUDENT’S SCHOOL DISCIPLINE RECORD IMPORTANT? YOU BET IT IS!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR CHILD COMMITS A RULE VIOLATION AT SCHOOL?
It gets reported to the school administration and a record is entered into the Student Assertive Discipline Record. You would expect to see criminal or serious misconduct in the record, but there are also minor things such as classroom violations, dress code violations, bus driver referrals, no show to detention, cell phone violations, defiance to the teacher, being out of bounds during lunch, and being off campus without permission. It is very important that you do not let your son or daughter accrue these types of minor incidents. Just because they are not serious does not mean that the school is not documenting every incident.
JUVENILE PROBATION AND JUVENILE COURTS OBTAIN THE STUDENT’S DISCIPLINE RECORDS
Judges in the Juvenile Court want your child to succeed in life. They will view their behavior records to see how they have been acting at school. Their review of the records will have a great impact on how they decide the sentence for your child. Will they be handled informally by the court? Will they get a break in their sentence? Will they have to go to Juvenile Hall? Will they get out of Juvenile Hall pending charges and be allowed to return home?
Juvenile probation officers make recommendations to the court and to the District Attorney as to what should happen to your child. They also obtain and view the student behavior records.
HOW ARE THE DISCIPLINE RECORDS USED BY THE SCHOOL?
The schools use them for suspension/expulsion hearings. A student who has a non-existent or minimal discipline record will be treated more favorably than a student who has a more extensive record . For example, the principal could handle a fight at school informally with only a suspension and allow the student/s to return to the school. The principal could transfer the student/s to another similar school in the district. The principal could, based on the discipline record, refer the student/s for a suspension/expulsion hearing.
At an expulsion hearing a panel is assembled to review the student’s transcript, their discipline record, the facts concerning the matter before it, take testimony if offered and make a recommendation as to what should happen to the student. The discipline record is akin to viewing a video of your student’s behavior and conduct at school. Which student would you expect the hearing panel to give a break to?
SHOULD YOUR STUDENT BE EXPELLED FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT?
A good or bad discipline record could be a key to admittance to a charter or private school. If the minor is expelled from the school district, they are not permitted to attend any school in the district. They are usually sent to a court school. The worst of the worse get sent to court schools. Some charter schools will accept students who have been expelled, but they will want to see the discipline record and the school transcript before deciding whether or not to accept the student.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Request a copy of your student’s discipline record from the school at least each grading period. Review it with your minor. Review the school discipline rules. Impress upon your child that it is not okay to violate school rules
2. Check with your student’s teacher/s whether they can notify you if your child misbehaves or commits rule violations in their class. The sooner you know about it, the faster you can take corrective action.
3. Take the team approach with the teacher/s and the school. You want your child to succeed in school and in life. The school also wants them to succeed.
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